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allegoricus

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    West Sussex
  • Interests
    Photography, reading newspapers upside down
  • Make & Model of Towcar / Toad
    Mercedes E280
  • Caravan / Motorhome / Static (Make and model)
    Bailey Unicorn Valencia (MkI)
  • Year of manufacture (Caravan / Motorhome / Static)
    2011

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  1. No response from Whale Pumps since I emailed them a month ago, but I've now bought a tap from Screwfix for £40 which I am in the process of struggling, unsuccessfully, to fit. So far, I've succeeded in removing the threaded pillar holding the existing tap in place, and loosening the jubilee clips securing the connection of the hoses to the ½" BSP tails. Even so, I'm unable to free the hoses from the spigots on the ends of the tails or, alternatively, to unscrew the other ends of the tails from the monobloc. There's no spare length in the feed hoses, so it looks like I'll have to shorten them and insert lengths of hose to make up the difference, which means making two extra connections in the very confined space available. I'm worried that I might drop a component or a tool and then be faced with having to remove the fridge to retrieve it.
  2. The rings are visibly flattened on the outside and the tap spout is an easy lift out of the socket so I'll give that a go first as replacing the entire tap seems like a job and a half (looks almost impossible without pulling out the fridge). I'll also see if I can track down a replacement spout, if only for cosmetic reasons as the repair tape, while effective, ain't the prettiest. We were on the brink of selling the caravan too! Thanks all.
  3. On our last outing in our Unicorn Valencia (our first this year) we discovered that the kitchen tap had incurred freeze damage during last winter and the "up & over" section has split. I was able to get some repair tape which fixed the visible split for the time being, but water still escapes past the O-rings that seal where the tap swivels. I assume that replacing the O-rings will solve this, but is there anything special about the rings, or should I be able to find suitable replacements in any decent hardware store? Thanks for reading.
  4. There's a single key for all the locks on the caravan and, yes, it has unlocked the door in the past. The door provides access to an auxiliary water tank which we don't use. For that reason, we haven't opened the door in quite a long time. I think, of the alternatives you suggest, I'll drill the lock if it doesn't yield to my next attempt, which will be probing with a nail file - SWMBO won't permit me to use a steak knife.
  5. No luck with PlusGas, I've also found my lock picks and gave those their first outing in anger but without success. They weren't able to move the last tumbler. :-( I've even attempted to find a support contact address on the Thetford web site but it looks like they don't want to hear from end users.
  6. No, they weren't, I doubled the wrong digit: it should say 2011. Thanks for responding. :-)
  7. Yeah, I know WD40 doesn't possess magical properties but, when the other fluids didn't work, I gave it a go. :-) I'll try Plus Gas and report back. I'm reluctant to be brutal if there's any other way. Thanks to you & Griff.
  8. Thanks for the suggestion but "Tourershine can't receive messages". was returned when I attempted to do this.
  9. The finish on the roof of our Bailey Unicorn Valencia (new in 2001) is breaking down. I've only ever cleaned the caravan myself, using soft brushes and Fenwick's Caravan Cleaner diluted in cold water according to recommendations.. Is this consistent with the lifespan of the finish? Has anyone experienced similar?
  10. The lock on one of the external lockers on our 2011 Bailey Unicorn Valencia is seized and i'm unable to fully insert the key. Fortunately the locker is the one that matters least - it gives access to that additional water tank (that we haven't bothered to use) so it hasn't been an urgent concern. However, we're now thinking of selling the caravan, so fixing it has risen to the top of to-do list! Over time I've tried squirting lubricant (silicon/WD40/locklube at different times) into the lock but without success and the lock (or at least the last pins within) remains stuck. Short of resorting to destructive methods, does anyone have a suggestion for how to overcome the problem?
  11. We arrived on our storage site to clean our caravan and discovered that we had been hosting squatters. No idea what kind of bird but they had built their nest on top of the hitch, even though it had been protected/concealed by the hitch cover. Fortunately the eggs were cold so the nest had been abandoned.
  12. I discovered, a week ago, that the finish on the roof of our Bailey Unicorn Valencia (new in 2001) is breaking down. I've only ever cleaned the caravan myself, using soft brushes and Fenwick's Caravan Cleaner diluted in cold water according to recommendations.. Is this consistent with the lifespan of the finish? Has anyone experienced similar? Thanks in advance for any responses/comments.
  13. CMC classifieds? Not familiar with this. Can you please elaborate? If it does, I'll be pleased to have the info via direct msg.
  14. What's the best way to sell a caravan? To a dealer, through a dealer acting as agent, advertise it (if so, where?). Would you include all the accessories, the awning, & so on? Any advice welcomed. Thanks, Peter
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